G Bam­bawale is In­dia’s new en­voy to China

DNA (Delhi) - - INDI - DNA Cor­re­spon­dent cor­re­spon­dent@dnain­dia.net

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi govern­ment on Thurs­day ap­pointed 1984 batch IFS diplo­mat Gau­tam Bam­bawale as the new am­bas­sador to China. In view of stressed re­la­tions with Bei­jing, his mov­ing to Bei­jing was in air, but the Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs (MEA) for­mally an­nounced it on Thurs­day evening, af­ter get­ting clear­ance from the Prime Min­is­ter. Presently he was High Com­mis­sioner of In­dia to Pak­istan.

He is ex­pected to take up the as­sign­ment shortly. In­dia’s am­bas­sador to Poland Ajay Bis­aria is now ex­pected to take over as the next high com­mis­sioner to Pak­istan. Bam­bawale is widely ac­knowl­edged as MEA’s best brain on China.

“There are few who know China bet­ter than him as he has also served as In­dia’s deputy Chief of Mis­sion (DCM) in Bei­jing. His un­der­stand­ing of the re­gion is also ex­pected to help In­dia deal with the North Korea sit­u­a­tion more ef­fec­tively,” a se­nior of­fi­cial said. He has also served as am­bas­sador to Bhutan. He is also pro­fi­cient in man­darin Chi­nese lan­guage and has also served in Hong Kong. The reshuf­fle was ne­ces­si­tated by ap­point­ment of In­dia’s am­bas­sador to China Vi­jay Gokhale as Sec­re­tary (Eco­nomic Re­la­tions) in MEA.

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